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1978 Yamaha SG700 Vintage Electric Guitar Cherry Sunburst w/ Case, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1978 Yamaha SG700 in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. The little sibling to the venerable SG2000 (known as the "Les Paul Killer" for numerous, very good reasons), the SG700 is an incredibly well-crafted, soulful, and powerful-sounding instrument. Boasting mahogany set-neck construction and a carved maple top, and a mahogany body, this Yamaha takes Gibson's tried and true tonewood combination and utilizes it to great effect. The guitar offers the signature midrange warmth and bark of mahogany and the clarity and note attack of maple, qualities which translate well via the original humbucker pair. The pickups offer a full, assertive punch that can be tamed to single coil spank and sparkle via individual push/push coil taps. This SG700 weighs 9lbs 7oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, accurate intonation and low action.

The mahogany neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and significantly more heft in the higher registers, measuring .845" deep at the 1st fret and 1.020" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a dark and tight-grained cut with a 12” radius, featuring meticulously inlaid split pearloid triangles and stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have plenty of meat, showing light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-12. This guitar plays cleanly in all registers with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 24 3/4“, and the 1 11/16“ nut is hand-carved from bone, ensuring optimal note clarity and sustain. On the headstock, the original “Yamaha Japan”-stamped tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

All of the electronics work as they should, with a three-way pickup selector switch and individual Volume and Tone knobs governing the stock pickups. Both pickups feature push/push coil splits for true single coil operation too. The humbuckers have original date stamps on their baseplates that translate to the 53rd year of the Showa period (1978). Yamaha even made special versions of the Gibson reflector cap knob style, with ridges around the edges that make the knobs easier to grasp and roll for quick swells and adjustments. The original pickup rings and covers show some pick wear, with a small split in the neck pickup ring that doesn’t affect its stability. The two-ply black pickguard rounds out the plastics and displays some requisite scuffing. The original bridge and lyre-embossed stoptail are present, with notably clean plating.

The gloss Cherry Sunburst finish is bold and vibrant, highlighting a light speckling of figuring across the maple top. The finish exhibits plenty of honest play wear, particularly on the perimeter and back of the body, where there is extensive buckle rash and various dings and scuffs throughout. While wear on the top is much more restrained, there are still various minor marks, including a single line of finish checking extending from the input jack. The gloss finish on the neck profile is smooth and clean, with the exception of a few microscopic dings that are imperceptible to the palm while fretting.

The original Yamaha-branded hardshell case is included.